World Thrombosis Day

The global world thrombosis day movement

Know Thrombosis: Learn & Share

It's a startling fact: 1 in 4 people worldwide are dying from conditions caused by thrombosis.

Thrombosis, also known as blood clots, is the formation of potentially deadly blood clots in the artery (arterial thrombosis) or vein (venous thrombosis). Once formed, a clot can slow or block normal blood flow, and even break loose and travel to an organ. A clot that travels to the circulation is called an embolism. Thrombosis is the often preventable underlying pathology of heart attack, thromboembolic stroke, and venous thromboembolism (VTE), the top three cardiovascular killers.

Thrombosis does not discriminate. They can affect anyone regardless of age, ethnicity or race. Up to 900,000 people in the United States alone are affected by blood clots each year and about 100,000 of those people will die, which is greater than the total number of people who lose their lives each year to AIDS, breast cancer, and motor vehicle crashes combined. 

The most important thing you can do to protect yourself from a life-threatening blood clot is to learn if you are at risk. Know the signs and symptoms and contact your health care professional immediately if needed.

Know Thrombosis: It's A Global Priority

In 2012, the World Health Assembly (WHA) set a global target to reduce premature deaths from non-infectious disease - including cardiovascular disease - by 25 percent by 2025. To meet this goal, WTD and our partners believe that the WHA must directly address thrombosis, specifically VTE and AFib.

The ISTH and WTD steering committee continues to call for increased attention to thrombosis, first in a statement to the World Health Organization's (WHO) 68th World Health Assembly in 2015. Key to this effort is the inclusion of VTE as a specific cause of death in the WHO's next Global Burden of Disease study. Will you help?

To learn more about the global burden of the VTE, click here.